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    July 27, 2011
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shooting. officer accused. the explosive allegations against a local police officer now charged with attempted murder. less than a week to go to avoid default. what both sides are doing to strike a last-minute deal. good morning and thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> and i'm joe krebs on this wednesday, the 27th of july. beautiful picture outside this morning as the sun gets ready to come on up and join the day for us. 76 degrees, lower humidity. and it looks like we're going to have another nice day. one more. >> one more if we can get that in today. >> if you can stand it. >> i think we can. one more day. >> one more day with low humidity. a nice break today with the high humidity. temperatures are cool and comfy. out in much of west virginia it's down in the low 60s as well as western maryland. and the shenandoah valley, many locations in the 60s. and the blue ridge east from south mountain east, it's
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generally in the mid to upper 60s. closer to washington or in the nearby suburbs of montgomery county, it's near 70 in fairfax county. right now arlington county is in the mid-70s. upper 70s in washington. prince george's county in 70s as well as southern maryland right near the bay it's near 80 degrees. by 9:00 we'll be in the low 80s. upper 80s by noontime, bright sun in a blue sky, low humidity. highs reaching the low and mid-90s by midafternoon, but it will be a dry heat. it will be around 90 degrees. a look at the night planner around 6:11. good morning, danella. let's start out in virginia. if you're traveling i-66, you're going to see delays as you head east here at sudley road as you make your way to the rest area, those lanes are packed. i see no accidents for you inside and outside of the beltway on 66. also, new york avenue at bladensburg road, it's picking up steam as well from the times
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building, and in making your way to bladensburg, you're going to see cars increase. it gets a little better as you head down towards new jersey on new york avenue. and shooting over to maryland, this is the beltway at river road. so far the beltway is clear. inner loop and outer loop, i have no accidents to report at this time. back to you, eun and joe. >> thanks very much, danella. 6:02 now. a highly decorated police officer in mt. rainier in prince george's county is due in court today on charges he tried to sexually abuse a man and then tried to kill him as he ran away. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in mt. rainier with more on the charges facing officer gene gillette. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. this officer has been with the mt. rainier police department for three years. his first year he was voted rookie of the year. for the past two years, he's been officer of the year. yesterday he turned himself in to prince george's county police. he's facing multiple charges. this is video of 27-year-old gene gillette turning himself in to prince george's county police yesterday after a grand jury
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indicted him on 12 charges, including attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, and sexual assault. all of these charges stems back to a shooting that happened outside of gillette's capitol heights home earlier this month. gillette said he shot a man who was trying to carjack his vehicle. he was off duty when that happened. a police investigation by the prince george's county police department learned that he was lured to gillette's home under false pretenses. it's reported the young man went there with the prospect of making a pornographic movie with young women. his dad says he went there for a party. whatever the case may be, the male victim claims gillette tried to sexually assault him. when he tried to escape using gillette's vehicle, that's when he was shot and pistol whipped. now gillette is suspended without pay, and his police powers have been revoked. i'm tracee wilkins live this morning in mt. rainier. back to you all in the studio. 6:03 is our time.
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a new clue this morning in the search for the serial slasher who is targeting women's de derrieres. take a look at these surveillance photos. police say this is the man who stabbed five women. these pictures are from monday's attack at fair oaks mall. but police also believe he stabbed two other women in the buttocks at fair oaks area, another at greenbrier shopping center. in the day ahead, members of the u.s. army will hold a ceremonial farewell for the historic walter reed army medical center as it prepares to shut down. the hospital first opened in 1909 and has treated some 18,000 troops as well as president dwight eisenhower. it's been slated to close since 2005 when the commission voted to merge the hospital with the naval medical center in bethesda. walter reed will officially close its doors for good on december the 15th. there are reports this morning that al qaeda is losing
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its grip as a major terror network. u.s. counterterrorism officials tell "the washington post" that the death of osama bin laden as well as cia drone attacks have weakened al qaeda considerably. earlier this month, secretary leon panetta says they're at the brink of hurting al qaeda. that does not mean that al qaeda or its affiliates are not capable of attacks. a developing story in afghanistan. the taliban now says it is responsible for a suicide attack that killed the mayor of kandahar. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor had been mentioned as a person who might replace afghani president's hamid karzai's half brother within karzai's inner circle. we are also on top of a developing story out of south korea. at least 32 people are now dead after heavy rains caused massive landslides. many of those killed were college students who were there doing volunteer work. take a look at this video of rescue crews teaming up trying
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to save people trapped in the rushing water. the heavy rain also destroyed several buildings. with just six days until the nation's first default, the debt showdown has hit yet another snag. a vote on house speaker john boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling is postponed until tomorrow. the delay came after a report from the congressional budget office showed that boehner's plan would cut spending by $1 trillion over ten years rather than the $1.2 trillion he had said. still boehner is confident it has bipartisan support. >> it can pass the house, and it can pass the senate. i hope the president will consider signing it into law. >> the speaker's proposal cannot pass the senate, will not pass the senate, will not reach the president's desk. >> a vote on competing plans proposed by democratic senate majority leader harry reid has
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yet to be scheduled. once the debt ceiling crisis is resolved, congressman david wu will leave congress. the allegation comes after an 18-year-old woman claimed she had an unwanted sexual encounter with wu. the congressman's hometown newspaper reports the woman did not press charges when it happened because there were no witnesses. wu had already said he will not seek re-election, but he is now stepping down because of political pressure. you are violating the park preservation. you need to leave this area. >> illinois congressman luis gutierrez is scheduled to be on capitol hill today one day after his arrest in front of the white house. u.s. park police charged the democrat and others with disobeying an official order. gutierrez told demonstrators president obama can't entirely blame republicans for blocking immigration reform, that he has the power to stop the deportation of immigrants. after the arrest, gutierrez paid a $100 fine and was released. 6:07 is the time right now.
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welcome back. today marks exactly one year until the 2012 olympics in london. london is expected to welcome more than 10,000 athletes from 200-plus countries. more than 3 million tickets have already been sold to various events and all the construction for the venues in london are on track to be on time, which is great news. >> still a lot of work to do in the next 12 months. a lot of nervous folks probably. that's cool looking at the construction of the stadium. >> that's cool too. look at that, joe. beautiful sun out there and beautiful sky too. >> it's fairly cool, i would say, but it's going to get very hot. let's go to tom kierein in stormcenter 4. >> it will be a dry heat. good morning. 6:11 on this wednesday morning. temperatures are cool out in the mountains of western maryland and west virginia. even down into the 60s even in the shenandoah valley. generally in the blue ridge east, we're in the 70s. frederick county in maryland and parts of north central maryland
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into the 60s this morning. right in washington, we're in the mid and upper 70s. prince george's, arlington, fairfax, montgomery counties right around 70 degrees. we have likely temperatures by noontime in the upper 80s. and later this afternoon, peaking the mid-90s, but still low humidity in place. lots of sun, just a gorgeous summer day from columbia heights to brandy wine, suitland, shan tilly, clarksburg. and overnight tonight 70s by late evening. sunset today at 8:24. we'll take a look, though, at some big heat building by the end of the week. i'll tell you how hot and look at the weekend as well at 6:21. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. let's start out in montgomery county. i have fire activity. there's a truck on fire at shady grove road at gaithers roadblocking all of your lanes there. a look at 95 at pohick road, you're delayed out of dale city.
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those delays continue as you continue to head north. if you're making your way onto 395, the story is the same, congested already at duke street. i can tell you the 14th street bridge is looking a little better. it's clear at this time, but i can't promise that is going to last more long. back to you, eun and joe. >> thank you very much, danella. it is now 6:13. 75 degrees. coming up, how the debt
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project in)" good morning and welcome back. the redskins are already wheeling and dealing in what may be one of the most frantic weeks in nfl history. the most important role is getting rid of donovan mcnabb. vikings are in talks with the skins in order to acquire the veteran quarterback. the hoedup, however, is mcnabb's expensive contract which the vikings would want to restructure so they won't have to pay him as much money. there are reports the redskins would receive two sixth round draft picks in return for mcnabb. espn is reporting that early this morning the redskins agreed to a deal with new york giants
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defensive lineman brian cofield. the potential replacement for albert haynesworth will reportedly sign a six-year, $36 million contract on friday. cofield is 27 years old and is coming off one of his best years with division rival new york giants. fans will see number 89 back at fedex field for several more seasons. santana moss, the redskins leading receiver, is the first free agent to get re-signed. moss agreed to a three-year deal worth $15 million, $6 million of that guaranteed. he had one of his most productive seasons last year, pulling in a career high 93 catches for more than 1,100 yards and six touchdowns. well, his days in d.c. may be numbered, but albert haynesworth says that he does plan to show up a training camp tomorrow, and it's no secret that coaches think that haynesworth underperformed on the field last season. he also got into plenty of trouble off the field. the former pro bowler was suspended the last four games of
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the season and was publicly criticized by defensive coordinator jim haslett, and now some players are admitting that haynesworth has been a major distraction. >> it wears you down. we try to say it don't. albert don't want to talk about it. we don't want to talk about it. we just want to focus on us as a team. last year and years previous we talked too much about individuals that had problems with the organization and stuff like that, instead of trying to go out and perform well. >> the skins may want to get rid of them, but so far there's been little interest by other teams in acquiring albert haynesworth. if you can't wait to see football up close, redskins practices will soon be open to the public. starting this saturday, july 30th, fans will be able to get into redskins park to watch the teamwork out. gates open at 8:30 in the morning. you will need a training camp fan invitation to get in, but you can get one for free through your e-mail by heading over to
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redskins.com and filling out a simple form. fans can attend 11 practices this season. a nationals executive is apologizing for a comparison. doug harris from the nats came under fire after he compared prospect bryce harper to the hardships faced by jackie robinson. harris released a statement clarifying the remarks, saying his intent was to speak about the scrutiny harper faces under a daily basis. while harper's situation is extraordinary by most measure, it pales in comparison to the life of mr. robinson and will not approach the lasting impact. a person responsible for making district more bicycle friendly was hit while riding her bike to work. she was crossingette street when a car side swiped her. she plays a major role in keeping streets safe for those who use them. her bike was not rideable after the crash, but she was not injured. yet another bear has been sighted in the loudoun county
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neighborhood. the latest occurred just off of route 15 in leesburg. michelle took some pictures of the bear wandering through her front yard. it was something she did not expect to see. >> i'm talking to my husband on the phone and i go, hi, honey. and we're in the middle of of the conversation, and i go there's a bear. there's a bear in the yard! >> that says it. several sightings have been reported in the leesburg area. animal control reports it is the time of year that 2-year-old cubs leave the den. if you do see a bear, it's important to leave that bear alone. and to prevent a bear from wandering in your yard, do not leave any food outside. the west nile virus is back in washington. the d.c. department of health reports mosquitoes tested positive for west nile in woodley park, adams morgan, and north cleveland park. the virus can spaed from mosquitoes to humans and can cause headaches, fever, and rash.
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in rare cases it can cause serious neurological problems and even death. you can see the sun is up behind us. it's in the sky. let's go to tom kierein to find out what kind of day we're going to have. tom? >> it is a gorgeous summer morning under way. our sky watcher camera overlooking northeast washington off prince george's county. temperatures right now out in western maryland, much of west virginia in the low 60s. shenandoah valley, lower part of the valley near 70 as is the panhandle of west virginia. parts of montgomery county, frederick county in maryland have dipped down into the 60s as has parts of loudoun county. prince george's, southern maryland, much of arlington and fairfax county low to mid-70s there. we'll have the bright sun with us throughout the day. we'll be 90 degrees through noontime. back down near 90 by late afternoon. overnight tonight, mostly clear to partly cloudy, near 70 tomorrow morning. highs tomorrow a little more humid into the mid-90s. really hot on friday, up near 100 and more humid and hazy.
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hazy and humid on saturday too. could get afternoon storms. highs into the mid-90s. and sunday too could get more showers and thunderstorms with highs near 90. little less humid monday and tuesday. how's traffic now, danella? starting out in montgomery county, i still have a truck fire at shady grove road at gaither road. right now all your lanes are blocked. be aware of that as you make your commute. and inner loop of the beltway as you approach college park, i have report of an accident there. be aware if you're commuting inner loop of the beltway in maryland. 66 at sudley road, significant volume here. as you continue to head east, it gets a little better as you make your way towards fairfax county parkway. i'm back in ten minutes with another update. back to you, eun and joe. it is now 6:22. 75
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the area. good morning and welcome back. the british media reports the
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man who carried out the attacks in norway planned on injecting poison into bullets. the uk's "daily mail" newspaper cited the shooter's manifesto. he wanted to inject lethal doses of nicotine into the bullets. at least 77 people were killed in the shooting spree and bombing attack on friday. the attack is the worst in norway in its modern history. 6:26 now. jurors who deliberated the case against casey anthony will remain unidentified for now. judge belvin perry implemented what he calls a three-month cooling off period. the orlando jury has received threats since finding anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter caylee and guilty of lying to investigators. one juror quit her job and left town because she feared for her safety. the judge said he could not find an exemption in florida's public records laws that would allow him to keep the names private permanently. time is 6:26 now. just ahead, less than a week to
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the countdown is on. we're learning how the debt crisis might affect the washington area if a deal is not reached by tuesday. game on. the redskins make some major changes for the upcoming season. >> good morning. and welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. we're going to take a live look outside. it's 75 beautiful degrees in the nation's capital. just a beautiful morning to start your day. just a nice clear morning out there, which is different from the humidity. we had a few days ago. >> it's going to be with us throughout the day today, so plan accordingly. there's a live picture from
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the skywatcher camera looking into fairfax county in the distance. in northwest washington, we've got a clear sky. from adelphi to mt. pleasant, landover, and burton, a serene summer morning with temperatures in the 70s in most locations. mid-60s in parts of northern montgomery county into frederick county maryland and western maryland. much of west virginia too in the 60s. parts of the shenandoah valley as well in the 60s. much of the rest of the region around 70 degrees. upper 70s in washington now and right near the bay. as the day progresses, we'll have highs reaching the upper 80s by noontime to low to mid-90s by midafternoon with bright sun and a blue sky. and, again, not very humid today. so enjoy this break from our high humidity because it does look like it's going to be coming back toward the end of the week. your night planner in ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. good news.
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earlier truck fire on shady grove road, your plains are clear. i want to give you a look at 270 as you head south. see these cars coming to a complete stop, they're slow out of urbana. those delays continue as you make your way towards clarksburg. you'll see relief at clarksburg. again, when you hit shady grove, that volume will increase one more time. also have report of an accident. this time inner loop of the beltway as you approach route 1 college park. also want to take you down to 295 as you head south, slow from 410. and those delays continue as you make your way towards route 50. if you continue onto new york avenue, here's a live look right now. new york avenue is slow from the times plant to bladensburg road. eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks so much. 6:32. with just six days until the nation's first default, the debt showdown has hit another stumbling block. a vote on john boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling is postponed until tomorrow. the delay came after a report
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from the congressional budget office showed thabo nt boehner' plan would cut spending by $1 trillion over the next ten years rather than the $1.2 trillion he had said. still boehner is confident it has bipartisan support. >> it can pass the house, and it can pass the senate. i hope the president will consider signing it into law. >> the speaker's proposal cannot pass the senate, will not pass the senate, will not reach the president's desk. >> a vote on a competing plan proposed by democratic senate majority leader harry reid has yet to be scheduled. the chairman of the fairfax county board of supervisors says the stalling debt talks can hurt one of the biggest transportation projects in our region. sharon bulova says the dulles rail project is in jeopardy if congress does not act quickly on the debt limit. bulova wrote a letter to congressman jim moran writing that no debt deal is threatening the county's aaa bond rating. a downgrade in the county's credit would jeopardize all future projects, including the
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dulles rail project. thanks but no thanks, that's what some fairfax county employees are saying about plans to give them a raise. they claim they should be getting more money. there are about 11,000 fairfax county employees who have not received a pay increase in years because of bunlette shortfalls. now the county has a projected budget surplus, and county leaders want to give the workers a 1.5% raise. county unions, though, say that won't cover the cost of an increase in health insurance. they want a raise of at least 3.5%, the same as their colleagues in other local counties. >> loudoun county awarded their employees a 3% raise. arlington is awarding their employees 4%. the retirees received 3%, and the fairfax county public school employees will receive an average of 3.5%. so we feel we need to receive a 3.5% raise just to stay -- keep up with the surrounding jurisdictions.
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>> fairfax county's board of supervisors expects to make a final decision with what to do with the surplus in september. could virginia governor bob mcdonald be positioning himself for a move to d.c.? republican candidate mitt romney apparently believes he'd make a good running mate. according to a conservative blogger, the former massachusetts governor made the comment at a fund-raiser in virginia beach. romney called mcdonald an incredible governor who will be on any candidate's short list for vice president. romney also named new jersey governor chris christie and florida senator marco rubio as possible running mates. 6:35 is the time right now. today is the beginning of the end of an era for wounded warrior care in the nation's capital. members of the military will hold the first farewell ceremony at walter reed army medical center as it gets ready to shut down. news 4's elaine reyes is live in northwest washington with details. good morning, elaine. >> reporter: good morning to you, joe. many today will celebrate the 102 years that had hospital has served u.s. troops, even u.s. presidents. starting later on this morning,
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there will be a flag retirement ceremony, otherwise known as casing the colors ceremony. that again gets under way at 10:00 this morning. walter reed will move to a new facility in bethesda. its patients will move there as well. it's all part of a decision made by brac, the base realignment and closure commission. doctors and nurses at the storied hospital have treated wounded troops from every american conflict since world war i. the facility came under fire in recent years for falling into disrepair with poor conditions. hundreds of thousands of patients, their families, and retirees have come to walter reed for treatment every year. now, the campus will close for good on september 15th. again, that move to bethesda has been going on. the building and the land will go to the state department, also to the district of columbia. about 100 acres here in northwest washington. back to you, joe. >> shame to see that historic
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hospital go. thanks very much, elaine. you may soon have to walk or drive a little farther to mail a package or buy a book of stamps. dozens of post office ins our area may soon be closing. that includes the potomac office in alexandria. in all, as many as 3,700 offices nationwide may be closing their doors as the postmaster general looks for ways to save money. you can find the complete list of post offices being reviewed on our website. just go to nbcwashington.com and search "post office." 6:37 is the time right now. the "today" show is coming up next at 7:00. let's check in with ann curry to see what they're working on this morning. ann, good morning to you. >> hey, joe, good morning. good to see you. coming up on a wednesday morning on "today," a vote, as you know, on house speaker john boehner's debt ceiling plan pushback because the cuts don't go far enough to satisfy his own party. we're live in washington with details on that. also ahead, the mother convicted after her 4-year-old son was hit and killed as they tried to cross a busy street. spared jail time, but the judge gave her a difficult decision to make.
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that woman will be explaining that in a live interview with us this morning. also, we're going to go live to london where the opening ceremony of the 2012 olympic games now, the summer games, is now just a year away. and we're also going to remember star winter olympian jarrett "speedy" peterson, who tragically took his own life. he spent a lot of time with us through the years, so obviously we and a lot of other people are all shocked about. this we're going to get that story and much more when we get started on a wednesday morning here on "today." now back to you. joe? >> that's a terribly sad story. ann, thanks very much. we'll be watching. have a good day. it is now 6:38. 75 degrees. will bring
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down a serial suspect. beautiful summer morning under way. good morning. it's 6:41. time for weather and traffic on the ones. there's a beautiful view from our skywatcher camera looking into montgomery county. behind that broadcast tower in the distance, you can see sugar loaf mountain. the peak of sugar loaf mountain is at 1,300 feet. there's a little haze in the area but not quite as humid as it's been the past couple days. out near sugar loaf mid-60s now.
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close to washington, near 70 in southern montgomery county. arlington, mid-70s. upper 70s in washington. low 70s in prince george's county. and near 70 now throughout much of fairfax county. sunrise at 6:05. temperatures by noontime in the upper 80s. bright sun and a blue sky today. it will be a dry heat up into the mid-90s by midafternoon. this evening sunset at 8:24. we'll be down into the low 80s after sunset. then upper 70s by midnight under a mostly clear sky. we'll be heating up, though, end of the week. a look at how hot it's going to get and look at the weekend too at 6:51. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. if you're traveling bw parkway south, your delays start at 410 and continue as you head towards the city. outer loop of the beltway in maryland. slow from 95, and it will continue as you make your way towards georgia avenue. i want to show you right now this is new hampshire avenue. i've been watching these cars. they are bumper to bumper. again, delays continue as you
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make your way towards georgia avenue. heading down i-66 in virginia, this is at blake lane. your delays actually start at the bypass and continue as you head towards the beltway. back to you, eun and joe. >> thanks very much, danella. >> 6:42 now. 75 degrees. the local police officer under these sweet honey clustery things have fiber? fiber one.
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welcome back. it's 6:45. one of mt. rainier's most highly regarded police officers is in custody this morning. he's accused of trying to sexually abuse a man and then shooting him as he ran away. this morning that officer is due in court. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in mt. rainier in prince george's county with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. gene gillette worked for the mt. rainier police department for three years. his first year he was voted rookie of the year. for the past two years, he's been officer of the year. yesterday he turned himself in to prince george's county police, and he's facing multiple charges. this is the video of 27-year-old gene gillette turning himself in to prince george's county police after a grand jury indicted him on 12 charges, including attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, and sexual assault. this all stems from a shooting that happened outside of gillette's capitol heights home earlier this month. gillette said he shot a man who was trying to carjack his vehicle while he was off duty.
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a police investigation revealed that the shooting victim was actually lured to gillette's home under false pretenses. "the washington post" says that the young man went there thinking he was going to make a pornography movie with women. his dad says that he went there because he was told that there would be a party there. whatever the case may be, the male victim alleges that gillette tried to sexually assault him. when he tried to get away using gillette's vehicle, that's when he was shot and pistol whipped. hear now from the victim's dad. >> i think for him to be officer of the year for two years straight, somebody should have picked this up by now. i hear he's a good cop and everything, but how could a good cop be out here doing this. i'm sure there's other people out here he might have done this to. maybe they come forward. if they are, i sure wish they were. you know, put this sick guy away. >> reporter: the victim's dad tells us his son has just turned 20 years old. gillette has been suspended from
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the mt. rainier police department, and his policing duties have been revoked. i'm tracee wilkins live this morning in mt. rainier. back to you in the studio. >> tracee, thank you. fairfax police need to you take a good look at these surveillance pictures. that man is a suspected serial slasher. police say he's cut several young women and specifically targeted their rear ends. these pictures are from monday's attack at the fair oaks mall. he's responsible for three cases in the fair oaks center, one at tyson's corner, and another in the greenbrier center. nicole lapin, anchor of cnbc's "worldwide exchange" joins us with more on the dunkin bo donuts story. >> i wish you could share the coffee and donuts with me. we've got lunchkins, bear claws and all sorts of stuff. i'll put it on the acela for you and eun.
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>> pass them over. >> and coffee too. and we have these baskin robbins floating around. wall street is running on dunkin today. it is priced in its ipo last night above the expected range. it was supposed to be $16 to $18. it went at $19. dunkin is going to start trading on the nasdaq under the ticker symbol dnkn. do you want apples with that? i know we're switching gears to health year fare, but mcdonald's is taking more steps to fend off regulation on what our kids can eat. the fast food giant will put more apple slices in happy meals, taking out the yummy dipping stuff, the caramel sauce, and reducing french fry portions. do you want apples with that doesn't exactly sound the same as do you want fries with that? >> it's not the same. >> hey, granny smith or red delicious. >> it's going to require a culture change. it really will.
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>> and how many kids will actually eat the apples? >> there we go. >> how many will actually eat the apples? >> i think the parents would just want the kids to. i wouldn't have in my former life as a happy meal toting kid. no way jose. >> i think they ought to substitute the french fries with asparagus. >> there you go. all of a sudden the sales of happy meals would plummet. >> joe, that sounds great. great idea. back to you. >> back to the bear claws, nicole. >> i know. speaking of, i am hopped up on sugar and caffeine. that's what's going on this morning. great to see you. have a good day. >> you too. thanks very much, nicole. even if you have a smart trip card, there's one metro ticket you may want to buy this month. metro is selling one day passes commemorating the dedication of the martin luther king jr. memorial. the pass is $9, and you can buy one now at the metro sales facilities and stores as well as on the transit agency's website. the martin luther king jr.
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memorial will open to the public on august the 22nd. the redskins have decided to bring back a fan favorite. santana moss will be back in the burgundy and gold. he's the first skins free agent to get re-signed. moss agreed to a three-year deal worth $15 million. he had one of his most productive seasons last year with 93 catches and six touchdowns. espn is reporting the redskins agreed to a deal with new york giants defensive lineman barry cofield early this morning. the potential replacement for albert haynesworth will reportedly sign a six-year, $36 million contract friday. the 27-year-old cofield is coming off one of his best years with a career high 54 tackles and 4 sacks last season for the giants. it looks like the skins may have found a taker for quarterback donovan mcnabb. according to several reports, the minnesota vikings are in talks to acquire the veteran quarterback. the holdup, however, is reported to be mcnabb's rich contract. the vikings will likely want to restructure it so they don't have to pay him quite as much
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money. the redskins would receive two sixth round draft picks in return for mcnabb reportedly. >> 6:51. weather and traffic on the ones with tom. >> beautiful morning. residents are stepping outside and singing show tunes as they head outside. it is a beautiful day. "sound of music" comes to mind. there's a live picture from our skywatcher camera. in the foreground, the white building is the russian embassy. middle distance, you can see the pentagon and the high rises of crystal city behind the pentagon. off in the distance on the horizon, that is anacostia. prince george's county way off in the distance there. temperatures there around 70 degrees. upper 70s in washington from foggy bottom to oxon hill to largo and damascus and springfield, we have the low humidity in place. it's even cooler out in the mountains. they're down in the 60s this morning. over the last 12 hours we've had just a few showers passing out of the mountains and heading across virginia and dissipating. predawn, we've cleared out. now a beautiful start to this
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day. enjoy as the high pressure comes in with the low humidity. our temperatures will be reaching upper 80s by noontime. during the afternoon, it's going to be afternoon. it will be dry heat into the mid-90s. then near 90 by midafternoon. then into the afternoon clearing down into the 80s. still not very clear this evening. we'll have sunset at 8:24. after midnight, jupiter will be rising in the eastern sky. by dawn tomorrow near 70. a bit more humid tomorrow. hot and humid on friday, partly sunny, highs reaching near 100 friday afternoon. then over the weekend still rather steamy on saturday. might get some storms in the afternoon. highs mid-90s. then on sunday partly sunny. could get a passing shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon high near 90. a bit less humid monday and tuesday. danella, how's traffic. >> it's getting tough right now. if you're driving, you're seeing red. outer loop of the beltway in
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maryland as well as on 395. let's look live outer loop of the beltway at new hampshire avenue. these cars are coming to a complete stop, and you are bumper to bumper as you make your way, push your way towards georgia avenue, shooting down to 395. your delays actually start at the beltway and continue towards the 14th street bridge. i want to show you this right now. these hov lanes are looking good. great day. grab two of your friends, get on a motorcycle or something. and i want to show you right now 95 at pohick road. the delays actually start as you make your way out of dale city. joe, back to you. >> i don't want to see three people on a motorcycle. today members of the u.s. army will hold a ceremonial farewell at the walter reed army medical center as it gets ready to shut down. it's the beginning of the end of an era for wounded warrior care in the nation's capital. elaine reyes is live with details. >> reporter: good morning, joe.
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a bittersweet day here at walter reed. a flag retirement ceremony will get under way at 10:00 this morning. this hospital opened 102 years ago, and not only has it served u.s. troops but it's also treated u.s. presidents. walter reed will move to bethesda to a new facility. its patients will move there as well. it's all part of a decision made by brac, the base realignment and closure commission. they've treated wounded troops from every american complex since world war i. a facility came under fire a few years ago for falling into disrepair. hundreds of thousands of patients or families or retirees have all come to walter reed for treatment every year. the facility will close for good on september 15th, so this move has been going on for quite some time. again, that ceremony starts at 10:000 this morning. joe, back to you. >> elaine, thanks very much. our time is 6:55. a look at today's top stories. a vote on house speaker john
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boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling is set for tomorrow. the plan will cut spending by less than $1 trillion. the president says it will veto that plan if it ever does make it to his desk. torrential rain and landslides in south korea leaves the death toll at 32. many of those were college students doing volunteer work. the taliban now says it is responsible for a suicide attack that killed the mayor of kandahar. officials say the assassination occurred at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. an out the door forecast look with mr. kierein. >> a beautiful morning. another gorgeous summer day with low humidity. we'll reach the low, maybe mid-90s by midafternoon. getting a bit more humid by thursday. hazy sunshine into the mid-90s. hot on friday, up near 100. over the weekend, saturday and sunday might get a few passing thunder showers. danella, how's traffic?
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outer loop of the beltway in maryland, very slow from 95 as you make your way towards georgia avenue. and a look at i-66. big delays at sudley road, and those delays continue as you make your way towards the beltway. back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. and that is "news 4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back here tomorrow morning starting at 4:30.
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